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State of multilateralism: Rise of regional and plurilateral trade agreements

International trade has been the primary engine of facilitating income and accumulating wealth around the world in the post-WWII period. The goal of progressive trade liberalisation has been universally accepted and pursued under the singular body of the multilateral trade regime (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade [GATT] since 1948,...

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Asia-Pacific region falters on UN development goals

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a Chatham House meeting in London last week that the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), one of the legacies of the late Secretary-General Kofi Annan, "spawned tremendous progress" in the battle against poverty worldwide.She pointed out that the number of people living on less...

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